The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay proudly announces a $250,000 holiday grant to Feeding America Tampa Bay, the largest hunger-relief organization in the bay area, as part of its community grants program to build better neighborhoods in Tampa Bay.
“With more than 700,000 hungry residents in Tampa Bay, the Community Foundation felt compelled to take action for our neighbors across the region,” said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Partnering with Feeding America Tampa Bay will not only make a great impact in the lives of our citizens, but we also know the grant funds will go farther, as every dollar given to the food bank equals seven meals delivered to the community.”
The grant will help Feeding America Tampa Bay deliver nearly 1.7 million meals in the food bank’s various hunger-relief programs, such as Mobile Pantries, which deliver fresh meat and produce to local families, and weekend backpacks for kids, which give needy children enough food to last from Friday school lunch to Monday breakfast. The food bank also partners with more than 600 hunger agencies to deliver meals across a 10-county service area.
“As the holiday season draws to a close, this major gift from the Community Foundation propels us into the new year with increased resources to meet the community’s needs,” said Thomas Mantz, the food bank’s executive director. “When trees are taken down and decorations relegated to storage for another year, many of our neighbors will still be hungry – and, thanks to the Community Foundation, Feeding America Tampa Bay will be better prepared to gather the region’s surplus food and share it with those in need.”
In 2013, Feeding America Tampa Bay delivered more than 40 million pounds of food to hungry people in the community. But this effort is still only meeting half of the need for emergency food supplies.
The Community Foundation’s grant will help Feeding America Tampa Bay fill in the meal gap for residents and deliver even more meals in 2014.